The 53rd NAIA baseball season starts on Friday, with Belhaven at Spring Hill (Mobile, AL), La Sierra at Concordia-Irvine, LSU-Shreveport at U. of Mobile, Bethany (CA) at San Diego Christian, Wayland Baptist at Texas-Brownsville, and Patten at The Master’s (Santa Clarita, CA). The LSU-Shreveport-U. Of Mobile matchup should be a good one; they were #9 and #8 in the ISR ranking at the end of last season. Continue reading CBB’s NAIA Pre-season Top 10
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UTB/TSC will launch a tough 55-game baseball schedule January 23, featuring 36 home games and the Scorpions’ first games against NCAA Division I competition.
The Scorpions will meet The University of Texas-Pan American, a member of the NCAA Division I, in two games in Edinburg April 8 and 22.
Continue reading University of Texas @ Brownsville Announce 55-Game Schedule
CALDWELL, ID — The College of Idaho, in conjunction with the City of Caldwell and the Caldwell American Legion baseball program, unveiled the Coyotes new baseball field, Wolfe Field, on Tuesday afternoon.
Wolfe Field, named in honor of the Wolfe Family – longtime supporters of The C of I and Caldwell, located at the corner of Griffiths Parkway and Linden Street – about one-half mile east of Simplot Stadium, is currently under construction to become the new home of the Coyote baseball program, along with home of the Caldwell Bobcats and Caldwell Silver Streaks American Legion Teams.
The infield will consist of FieldTurf – the first artificial playing surface on an Idaho baseball field, while the outfield will consist of grass. Funding for Phase 1 is nearly complete, with funding beginning for Phase 2 and 3 of the project. Continue reading College of Idaho unveils new baseball stadium
Here’s a few that are out:
Lee: Last year’s runner-up starts the season on Feb. 6, hosting Illinois Institute of Technology. They play Auburn-Montgomery April 17-18, and Cumberland April 21. The Flames have picked up two D-I transfers, Tyler Roberts (Memphis) and Trey Burstrom (Tennessee). They have also added Julian Alvarez, who hit .419 and 26 home runs for Bacone last year, and two players drafted in 2006, Jeff Ramirez and Rashad Taylor. Continue reading 2009 Schedules from some Top NAIA teams
Terry Puhl, Field Manager of Canada’s entry in the 2008 Olympics, was a Major League outfielder for 15 seasons with the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals. He was a National League All Star in 1978 and played in the 1980 National League Championship Series vs. Philadelphia, setting a then-NLCS record with a .526 batting average. He holds the Major League record for career fielding percentage (.993).
Puhl’s day job is Coach of the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars, an NAIA program entering its second year. He gave this interview on his way home from Beijing.
Bob Broughton, The College Baseball Blog: Do you think that baseball should be an Olympic sport? Continue reading Interview with Team Canada/Houston-Victoria Coach Terry Puhl
A couple of former MLB players were recently named new assistant coaches. Rusty Greer who made a name for himself with the Texas Rangers was recently added to the coaching staff of NAIA school Texas Wesleyan. He served as the manager of the Colleyville Lone Stars of the Texas Collegiate League in 2007 and this summer is coaching the Dallas Baseball Academy which is a 17 year old team. The full release is available here.
Britt Reames who pitched in the Major Leagues most recently in 2006 has been named the new pitching coach of Furman University. He is a 1996 graduate of The Citadel and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on November 1st. The full article is available here.
Specifically, Scott is the Manager of Championship Sports for men’s soccer, Division II men’s basketball, wrestling, and baseball.
The main topic was the NAIA’s “direct qualification” scheme which goes into effect for the 2009 season. The NAIA announced a few months ago that the field for the Baseball National Championship would consist of the host team and the winners of nine double-elimination “sectional” tournaments. Conference champions would be automatic qualifiers for the sectional tournaments. Continue reading Interview with Scott McClure, NAIA Manager of Championship Sports
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Lewis-Clark State 8 Gonzaga 5
SPOKANE, Wash. (http://www.gozags.com May 12, 2008) Junior Ryan Wiegand recorded three hits and his 60th run batted in of the season Monday night as the Gonzaga University baseball team dropped an 8-5 decision to Lewis-Clark State College at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. Continue reading Lewis-Clark State, Kentucky, and NIU pick up wins
Lewis-Clark State College of Lewiston Idaho is a force at the NAIA level winning 15 championships. Some people are comparing their success to the New York Yankees domination of MLB baseball. The Daily Herald out of Everett Washington has a great article on the program which is available here.
Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for Feb. 27, 2008. Comments below.
|1||Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I)||10-2||510|
|2||Azusa Pacific (CA) (II)||12-1||505|
|3||Lee (TN) (XIII)||17-1||472|
|4||Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI)||14-1||458|
|5||Spring Arbor (MI) (VIII)||0-0||439|
|6||Oklahoma City (VI)||13-1||421|
|7||Southern Polytechnic (GA) (XIII)||12-2||351|
|8||Oklahoma Baptist (VI)||15-1||324|
|9||The Master’s (CA) (II)||12-2-1||309|
|10||Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI)||9-3||303|
|11||Bellevue (NB) (IV)||4-4||291|
|12||Tennessee Wesleyan (XII)||10-5||277|
|13||Saint Thomas (FL) (XIV)||5-6||274|
|14||Ohio Dominican (IX)||0-0||240|
|15||Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI)||17-0-1||215|
|16||U. of Mobile (AL) (XIII)||14-3||211|
|17||Union (KY) (XII)||10-2||179|
|18||Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV)||10-6||161|
|19||Faulkner (AL) (XIII)||15-4||117|
|20||Campbellsville (KY) (XI)||2-1||114|
|21||Missouri Baptist (V)||3-3||101|
|22||Saint Ambrose (IA) (VII)||0-0||89|
|23||Fresno Pacific (CA) (II)||8-3||88|
|24||Dickinson State (ND) (III)||0-0||68|
|25||Cumberland (TN) (XI)||9-6||60|
First-place votes: Lewis-Clark State 13, Azusa Pacific 4, Lee 3, Lubbock Christian 1